Directed by the late Iranian filmmaker Farajollah Salahshoor (1952-2016), the 45-episode series tells the story of Prophet Joseph (AS) based on the Quran and Islamic traditions.
Set in the historical context of ancient Egypt, the series chronicles the life of Joseph. As a child, his older brothers (who were jealous of him as he was loved more by their father Prophet Jacob) threw him into a deep well in the desert. But Joseph was saved and taken as a slave by a passing caravan and later sold to a person of high rank in Egypt.
There he became a victim to attempts of seduction by his master’s wife who, when her wish is foiled, sent him to prison, where he remained for several years. Following a series of incidents, Joseph rose to become vizier, the second most powerful man in Egypt next to the pharaoh, and finally reunited with his father after a long time.
A big production made on a budget of $2 million, the historical religious series was broadcast in Iran in 2008, and was later dubbed into Hindi, Urdu, Azeri and Arabic and shown in India, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and some Arab countries.
The cast includes 46 actors in the role of the main characters and over 150 actors in minor roles. Mostafa Zamani, Mahmoud Pakniat, Katayoun Riahi, Jafar Dehghan, Abbas Amiri, Rahim Noroozi, Elham Hamidi and Leila Boloukat are among the lead actors.
Source: Financial Tribune